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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Laptop crop at Adobe in San Jose/Francisco - wrap up

Wrap up by Lauren Bavin:
Meeting our DSP friends in real life is always an exciting experience. Meeting them at the Adobe Laptop Crop is the ULTIMATE experience for any DSP member old or new.
This year’s crop was scheduled for the third consecutive year at Adobe's Headquarters in San Jose but a last minute emergency shutdown of the building necessitated a move of the crop to Adobe's office in the historic Baker and Hamilton building in downtown San Francisco. With hotel rooms already booked in San Jose at the elegant Fairmont Hotel, we made this our base for the weekend.
On Friday, the excitement kicked off with a photo walk Lauren organised at History Park and the Japanese Friendship Gardens. A film was being shot at the historic park so we were privileged to see people dressed in period costume re-enacting a scene from history, and the beautiful Japanese Gardens provided some great photographic opportunities.Early the next day we met in the hotel lobby for our bus trip to San Francisco. The bus trip was a great fun way to get to know each other a little better, and added to the excitement of the event.
The new venue proved to be superb, with a great layout and atmosphere for the scrappers who had come from all over the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. We had many brand new members, some of whom had yet to complete their first layout. We were lucky to have five enthusiastic members of the Digital Elite Team who were a great asset in helping get those first layouts completed.
To kick off the crop, Adobe’s Photoshop Elements product manager, Bob Gager, gave us a peek into the new features in PSE9, which now features the best graphics around! Yes, you got it… DSP GRAPHICS!! This announcement resulted in a huge whoop of glee from the crop participants.
The rest of the day was interspersed with tutorials by Lauren and Kim, and some members actually did get to create some layouts while indulging in the vast array of chocolate that seems to be a vital part of any DSP Crop. We won’t even mention the skits by Lynnie and Cathie – the pictures tell their own story! Other items on the agenda included the revealing of the new Digital Elite Team and the announcement that CarolAnn Gary is a new DSP designer. We ate lunch outside on this beautiful day.
The end of the day came too quickly and we boarded the bus for our trip back to San Jose and a dinner at Billy Berks. 32 of us enjoyed some post crop fun as we chatted and laughed about the events of the crop, renewing old friendships and creating new ones.
The consensus was this was the best crop yet and we are now counting down the days until the NEXT time we get together!
The DSP bear made his usual rounds with scrappers.
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